Stephen Harrigan reflects on his career writing TV movies of the week.
I don’t read books on how to write screenplays, but Stuart does, so I occasionally ask him to write up his impressions. For this round, he tackled the three Save the Cat! books by Blake Snyder.
It’s two parts craft and one part business as Craig and John discuss the alarming earnings report coming out of the WGA, plus a deeper look at setting and POV.
Employees are suing AMC Theaters, arguing that they should be allowed to sit down.
John and Craig look at how to write satisfying third acts. That doesn’t necessarily mean a happy ending, but rather one that feels earned.
This week, John is a bit under the weather, so Craig takes over moderator duties as they tackle four listener questions.
This week’s episode finds Craig and John answering questions about agent etiquette, business cards and those troubling rewrites that unravel everything.
Chip Street looks at why an offer to be featured on the “consider” list must be considered carefully.
Craig and John take a look at the difference between plot and story with some help from the Littlest Pet Shop and Game of Thrones.
A working screenwriter shares his frustration with how difficult it has become to sustain a career.
John and Craig open the listener mailbag and sprint through twenty questions in just under an hour.
I admire the way Happy Endings has morphed from another sorta-like-Friends show to its own weird beast. I wouldn’t want to be friends with any of these narcissistic self-defeating chatterboxes, but I like them together.
Screenwriters can learn story and structure, but the ability to create real, tangible characters is more elusive — and ultimately more important.
Jay Faeber writes in with an update on his earlier First Person post, this time detailing his first year on the writing staff of Ringer.
John and Craig open the 36th Scriptnotes with a brief discussion about contracts, and then face writer’s block head on.
John and Craig discuss the small, currently leaderless world of Walt Disney Studios, along with its challenges and opportunities.
In response to the discussion Craig and I recently had about the perceptions of nepotism and wealth in the film industry, a listener wrote in to share his experience of being quite literally a trust-fund screenwriter.
Clear a half hour from your schedule, because the Academy has a six-part video series on screenwriters talking about the craft.
Gregory Poirier argues that movies have suffered because of misguided cost-cutting, and forgetting that screenwriters are the research and development of the film industry.
Craig and John take a brief look at the misguided Girls backlash and complaints about nepotism in Hollywood, before segueing to a bigger discussion of spec scripts and positioning.
Karin Fong compares a great title sequence to raising the curtain before the show. By planning for opening titles at the script stage, you can help get your story started off right.
Burn one minute and twenty-seven seconds with this nice motion graphic by Ryan Perera.
Craig and John just have to talk about the double-barrel craziness of the Joe Eszterhas/Mel Gibson spat. How often do you have screenwriters lobbing incendiary accusations at movie stars?
Craig and John answer questions about specificity, television and what to do when your great idea sounds too much like a movie that’s already been made.
Ongoing TV shows often develop their own esoteric writing styles, which you notice in scene description.